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Colorado Marijuana Task Force Has Big Job Ahead

Staff CMM - Wednesday, December 26, 2012
As the new amendment becomes a reality in Colorado, representatives from the Department of Revenue gather together as a task force to discuss the various issues that will arise under the new marijuana law. Issues such as licensing requirements to whether the state should regulate potency will all be discussed. The task force will have until February 28th to iron out any issues and get something together. Because recreational marijuana in Colorado is a completely new subject, the task force will be setting brand new rules for the state. To make the task less daunting, they will divide themselves into five groups to focus on key issues, including recreational store regulations, types of local regulations cities and counties can impose, employment issues and taxes, criminal law and social issues related to legalization.

Colorado Marijuana Battle Just Beginning

Staff CMM - Saturday, December 22, 2012

Although the state of Colorado has made it legal for adults to possess one ounce or less of marijuana, the individual cities and counties in Colorado are not so keen on following suit. Erie, Lafayette, Superior and Broomfield are all in the process of constructing their own individual laws regarding the drug. Currently, the town of Erie disallows medical marijuana dispensaries in town and officials for Erie, Superior and Lafayette are planning to prepare an ordinance banning retail marijuana stores within town limits. The city of Broomfield plans to vote January 22nd on a first reading of an ordinance temporarily banning marijuana related businesses through 2014 and as of this time, medical marijuana businesses are not allowed within the city limits. Although President Obama stated that the federal government would not be prosecuting individuals in Colorado who are found to possess one ounce or less, law enforcement will still be on the lookout for those driving under the influence.

Road Safety A Concern With New Colorado Marijuana Law

Staff CMM - Tuesday, December 18, 2012

When Colorado passed its first medical marijuana laws in November 2000, law enforcement officials saw a rise in the number of impaired drivers. Now with the passing of Amendment 64, officials are expecting the number of impaired drivers to increase even more. Driving under the influence of marijuana can cause dizziness, slowed reaction time and drivers are more inclined to drift and swerve, making it dangerous to be on the road. As of yet, there has been no consensus about the standard rate of THC impairment, which means that the development of a roadside test much like they do for alcohol has not yet been successfully integrated. Different states have different laws when it comes to acceptable limits of THC. Although five nanograms seems to be the standard, lawmakers in Colorado have tried and failed three times to set a THC driving limit owing mainly to the fact that the Colorado legalization measure didn’t set a standard when written. Lawmakers in Colorado are prepared to reconvene on the issue in the coming year as the availability of the drug increases in the state.

Wyoming Concerned Over New Colorado Marijuana Laws

Staff CMM - Friday, December 14, 2012
The passing of Amendment 64 in Colorado legalizing marijuana has raised concern with Colorado’s immediate neighbor to the north – Wyoming. Officials in Wyoming are putting law enforcement on the alert as things begin to change in Colorado. The main concern for the state is the illegal transportation of the drug over state lines. Although it will be legal to travel to Colorado to purchase marijuana, possession of the drug in Wyoming is still against the law. Officials have made it clear that anyone caught in possession of marijuana in Wyoming will be arrested, taken to jail and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Officials also stated that although Colorado has legalized the drug under Amendment 64, federal law still considers the substance illegal and the state of Wyoming will act accordingly.

Denver Marijuana Law Rewrite Necessary

Staff CMM - Wednesday, December 12, 2012
In the wake of Amendment 64 passing in Colorado, marijuana laws are being scrutinized with a more critical eye. What worked to an extent for medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado in the past will simply not suffice as new businesses begin to take shape on the horizon. Recreational marijuana dispensaries will need to have a new set of regulations to operate by and the Department of Revenue’s Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division (MMED) is settling down to the task. MMED spokesperson Julie Postlethwait stated that the division is expecting to hold three public forums to discuss new rules, with the first coming January 11th. Current regulations for Colorado medical marijuana are not always clear, as evidenced by several court cases recently where dispensary owners were charged with growing more plants than the state allows. With a fluctuating client base and the state falling months behind on processing paperwork, dispensary owners have found it difficult to stay in compliance at all times. Spokespeople for the new marijuana initiative are hopeful that the state will be able to work out the kinks by the time the law takes effect in 2014.

CU Officials Making Plans To Thwart 4/20 Rall

Staff CMM - Tuesday, December 04, 2012

The University of Colorado in Boulder has long been the site of one of the largest Colorado Marijuana rallies the state has known, but this year officials at the school are making plans to put a lid on the activities. The passing of Amendment 64 legalizing marijuana in Colorado has added fuel to a fire that officials have been battling for many years and the they fear the disruption to the school will be increasingly worse as time goes on. CU officials feel that the 4/20 smokeout sends a very bad message to young potential students that CU is not a place of research and learning, but a place to have unlimited access to drugs. Officials do not want the image of the school to be one that condones drug use. Instead, they would like for students researching colleges to consider CU as a place of good value, strong academics and a home to Nobel-prize winning scientists. Last year’s smokeout brought roughly 12,000 people, which created an enormous disruption to campus procedures. With this in mind, CU is planning to once again close the campus to visitors as well as shut down the Norlin quad, which is where the rally is normally staged.

Regulation-Setting For Colorado Marijuana No Easy Task

Staff CMM - Friday, November 30, 2012

Although Colorado recently passed a bill to make marijuana possession legal to adults in small quantities, setting rules and regulations for the substance moving forward will be no easy task. Most lawmakers are estimating that depending on how the federal government will approach the new state law, it could take until July 1, 2013 to even adopt new regulations for marijuana stores and these new stores wouldn’t be looking at opening until January of 2014. Considering that it took a full year for departments to write and implement new procedures for medical marijuana in Colorado, it is a safe bet that the new marijuana store process will take at least that long. The goal for state lawmakers is to construct a set of rules and regulations that will be the least offensive to the federal government as possible in order to avoid a federal crackdown.

Colorado Marijuana Legalization Discussion Just Beginning

Staff CMM - Wednesday, November 28, 2012
With the onset of marijuana legalization in Colorado thanks to the passing of Amendment 64 in November, Governor Hickenlooper is just starting out on a series of discussions with various officials regarding both the impact on the state and the direction it will be heading as it moves forward. One of the primary concerns Governor Hickenlooper has is how the federal government will respond ot the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and whether the federal government will choose to execute power over the legalization. The main area of concern is that while the U.S. Justice Department officials have stated that the federal government will continue to consider marijuana possession illegal under federal law regardless of individual state laws, they have been vague regarding the specifics and it is that detail Governor Hickenlooper is making an attempt to gt clear answers to. A spokesman for the Governor stated recently that Hickenlooper will continue urgent efforts to get the federal government to state its position on the issue.

Colorado Marijuana Activist Credits Careful Strategy for Amendment 64 Success

Staff CMM - Monday, November 26, 2012
Mason Tvert, a strong Colorado marijuana activist, made the news again recently as he credited his many years of careful strategy to the success of Amendment 64 being passed in Colorado this November. Tvert’s past strategies included actions such as crashing a law enforcement conference where he was booed by police officers and staging a news conference outside the Drug Enforcement Agency’s local office along with several cases of beer and a wanted poster with Governor Hickenlooper’s face on it. Tvert admits these strategies were mainly for effect but more to simply raise awareness for marijuana in Colorado. Other efforts included hiring a female Latino spokesperson to appeal to the Latino community. Tvert feels his efforts helped Amendment 64 gain the momentum necessary to give it a strong presence on the ballot in November and feels that the past eight years of effort helped raise awareness in such a manner that people are no longer seeing marijuana in Colorado as an illegal substance, but as more of a profitable business prospect.

U.N. Concerned Over Colorado Marijuana Law Initiative

Staff CMM - Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Recently, heads of the United Nations Drug Watchdog Agency expressed concern over the passing of the recent Washington and Colorado marijuana laws which decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over. The U.N. heads are urging federal officials in the U.S. to challenge the recent ballot measure, as they feel this measure sends out a very bad message to both other states in the U.S. as well as to other countries abroad, giving the impression that marijuana possession is acceptable in the U.S. A recent statement by Raymond Yans, the head of the International Narcotics Control Board, to the Associated Press, expr4essed hopes that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will take the necessary measures to ensure that marijuana possession and use continues to remain illegal throughout the U.S. Until officials come to a decision, both Washington and Colorado are holding off on regulating and taxing the drug pending word as to whether the Justice Department will assert federal authority over the recently passed drug laws.


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